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Code of Business Conduct


– Giving or offering to give anything of value to a government official or company representative to influence a discretionary decision. Local laws may impose broader definitions.
Cash Equivalents
– These could be: loans, stock, stock options, bank checks, travelers' checks, Visa or other type of check or cash cards, money orders, investments securities, or negotiable instruments.
Company Assets
– These can be tangible and intangible items including: Cisco's facilities, equipment, and supplies; money; products, computer systems and software; patents, trademarks and copyrights; other proprietary information; and employees' work time.
Copyrighted Materials
– Third-party copyrighted material can cover written works, diagrams, drawings, images, video, music, software, and audio recordings, whether it be the entire work or just portions of it. Additionally, third-party copyright protection can extend to such materials whether or not they bear copyright notices.
Family Member/Relative
– A spouse, parent, sibling, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother- or father-in-law, domestic partner (opposite sex or same sex), or other family member who lives with you or who is otherwise financially dependent on you, or on whom you are financially dependent.
– For purposes of Cisco policies and the COBC, a friend is an individual with whom you have a significant personal relationship (in other words, a close friend).
Gifts and Entertainment
– Anything of value, including but not limited to:
  • meals or lodging
  • transportation
  • discounts
  • use of vehicles or vacation facilities
  • loans
  • home improvements
  • cash or cash equivalent
  • tickets to entertainment/sporting events
  • services
  • gift cards or certificates
  • equipment
  • stocks
  • prizes
  • opportunity to buy direct shares in a company with a connection to Cisco
  • products
  • favorable terms on a product or service
Government Agencies
– These can include organizations such as: public universities, hospitals, schools, libraries, sovereign wealth funds, and telecom service providers, as well as public international organizations, such as the United Nations, World Bank, or African Union.
– Harassment is any unwelcome conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment, or that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance. Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Verbal or written comments and/or visual conduct (such as cartoons or gestures) of a derogatory or vulgar nature
  • Physical conduct, including blocking normal movement, restraining, touching, or other aggressive or intimidating physical conduct
  • Threatening or demanding that an individual submit to or to perform certain actions not reasonably related to job performance to keep or get a job, to avoid some other loss, or as a condition of job benefits, security, or promotion
  • Retaliation for reporting harassment, having assisted another employee to report harassment, or for participating in an investigation of a harassment complaint
  • Sexual harassment such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature
Material Nonpublic Information
– Nonpublic information that would be reasonably likely to affect an investor's decision to buy, sell or hold the securities of a company.
Personal Data
– Any information that can be used to identify, contact or locate an individual.
Single Source
– A non-Cisco, single entity. As employees, we each can accept one or more gifts from a single source (which is a single company or organization) with a maximum combined total market value of $100 per year.
– Any vendor of product or services to Cisco, including consultants, contractors and agents, as well as any supplier that Cisco is actively considering using, even if no business ultimately is awarded.